Google+ 02/13/14 Do We Love Like Jesus Loves Us?

2 Corinthians 13:10-12

 

I am writing this to you before I come,

Hoping that I won’t need to deal severely with you when I do come.

For I want to use the authority the Lord has given me to strengthen you, not to tear you down.

Dear brothers and sisters, I close my letter with these last words:

Be joyful. Grow to maturity. Encourage each other. Live in harmony and peace.

Then the God of love and peace will be with you.

Greet each other with Christian love.

 

In part four of our eighteen-part devotion series entitled, "Sharing God's Love!" we turn to the apostle Paul as he speaks to the church at Corinth.  Remember that we are attempting to understand God's love by understanding the heart and mind of the Almighty.  Paul is not happy with the church at Corinth.  They have strayed from God's ways and watered down the message of Jesus.  Before arriving in Corinth, Paul writes to the church in hopes of avoiding an ugly situation when he stands in their midst.  Paul is working diligently at encouraging the Corinthians.  Paul leaves them with some great words that each of us should embrace and practice.  Paul told the church at Corinth that they should be joyful, grow to maturity, encourage each other, and live in harmony and peace.  Is there anything else we should do?  If we look at our lives, Paul's instructions really cover all the bases, except one.  Paul concludes with his final instruction.  Greet each other with Christian love.  Paul also makes it clear that this is not possible without the other four instructions being followed.  How do we know?  Paul tells us that the God of love and peace will only be with us if we do these things.  As Christians we are often confused about what it means to truly accept Christ.  When we invite Jesus into our hearts, and make Him our Lord and Savior, we must adopt His kind of love.  We must love each other unconditionally.  This is absolutely the opposite of the conditional love that the world displays each day.  We must love like God loved us, by sending His only Son to the cross to die for all the sins of those that believe, so we could have eternal life.  The next time we put conditions on our love for our neighbor, let's ask a question and make the necessary adjustments in our thinking.  "Do We Love Like Jesus Loves Us?"